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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Boston



(Saturday, December 7th)

Final Score: Boston 3, Pittsburgh 2

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Krejci and Zdeno Chara scored goals 1:16 apart late in regulation to send the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a contentious contest from TD Garden.

Reilly Smith also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who bounced back from a one- goal loss in Montreal on Thursday and have won seven of their last 10 overall.

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves as the hosts kept pace with the first-place Habs in the Atlantic Division.

Chris Kunitz and James Neal tallied for the Penguins, who saw their season- best five-game win streak halted thanks to some inattentive defense late.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 shots in defeat, which came at the cost of defenseman Brooks Orpik, who departed the game on a stretcher in the first period.

Rask was sent to the bench for an extra skater with roughly 1:45 to go, and Krejci tied the game on the following shift, on a shot from the slot through a Chara screen.

Chara then moved up from his point position on the final shift of regulation and wristed home the eventual winner from between the circles as 13 seconds remained, to cap expert puck possession from forward mates Smith and Brad Marchand.

The Pens picked up the first goal on a power play with 6:33 gone in the first, as a Kunitz offering from the left-wing boards intended for a teammate on the opposite wing deflected off a Bruins player and skipped through Rask.

Boston regained equilibrium and scored on its first shot of the game, from Smith inside the left circle just after the midway point.

Things got ugly from there.

During a scrum which was created by a kneeing call to Neal against a defenseless Marchand with 8:54 remaining in the first period, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind and punched him twice, the second time as the veteran blueliner was on the ice.

"I made a mistake. I feel awful," was all Thornton offered in defense.

Medical personnel were immediately summoned, and the 33-year-old was completely immobilized before being loaded onto a stretcher and taken away for evaluation.

"(Neal) didn't really make an attempt to get out of the way," said Pens head coach Dan Bylsma.

Orpik was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was both alert and conscious, while Thornton drew a match penalty for his actions -- apparently in retribution for a clean but hard hit Orpik laid on Loui Eriksson early in the game. Eriksson was later reported to have suffered a concussion and will not travel with his club.

"Those are unfortunate incidents when you see guys get injured. That's called Eriksson and it's also called Orpik," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

Following the game, Bylsma reported that Orpik was out of the hospital and will travel back home with his teammates.

During the following advantage, Neal converted a Matt Niskanen pass to make it 2-1 for the visitors.

Rask turned aside a Kunitz breakaway with six minutes remaining in the second, seconds after the Pitt forward exited the penalty box.

Smith missed a wide-open net from the right side at the tail end of a Bruins advantage with five minutes gone in the third.

Sidney Crosby was in alone as the clock ticked down to two minutes left in regulation, and Rask used his pads to block both chances. Seconds earlier, Chara rang a shot off the crossbar.

Game Notes

Boston won two of three meetings with Pittsburgh this season, including both on home ice ... Prior to the game, the Bruins announced that defenseman Johnny Boychuk will miss the next few days with a back sprain suffered when he took a hit from behind by Montreal's Max Pacioretty on Thursday ... Thornton faces a hearing with the NHL for his actions ... The Bruins head to Toronto on Sunday, while the Penguins host Columbus on Monday.

12/07 23:27:36 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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